Faculty and Staff

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All of our teachers, tutors and directors are working in the industry and in this way we can honestly claim that our training is for the profession by the profession. Our working faculty continually take note of what the industry is asking for, closely watching the shifts in style and standards. They bring passion, integrity and commitment to every minute of rehearsal or class. 

 

  • The Board
  • Operations & Technical
  • Departments & Faculty
  • Directors

The Board


Thacker-KitMANAGING DIRECTOR
Kit Thacker

After graduating in Drama and Theology at Hull University Kit spent a short time as a (very bad) musician and teacher before training as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. After 10 years as an actor, including 3 years at the National, numerous TV and film appearances and over 100 theatre productions, Kit turned to directing and writing. He has run 2 UK rep theatres, has directed more than 150 productions all over the world, had 6 of his plays performed professionally and for the last 20 years has run theatre based corporate training companies. He has been the Managing Director of DSL since 2010.


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CHAIRMAN
Peter Stone

Despite starting out as a solicitor, followed by an entrepreneurial spell as a hot-air balloonist, Peter went on to spend 25 years building Close Brothers Group into a major merchant bank and has spent the last 15 years working a non-exec director, adviser and investor to the business. Now almost retired Peter lives between Richmond and Chichester. He is married with 4 children and 5 grand-children. He's mad about travel, is a frequent theatre and concert-goer, and enjoys various sports and throwing parties!

 


King GillGillian King

Gill works as an actor, director and corporate trainer. She graduated from Drama Studio London twenty years ago and acted in TV, Commercials and Theatre, both fringe and Repertory Theatre. Her directing credits include The Royal Shakespeare Company, Opera North and Out of Joint Theatre Company as well as tours and education work for schools, prisons and currently The National Theatre.

 



OBrien-Keith-flipKeith O'Brien

During a 15 year dance performance career, ranging from cabaret to film and theatre, Keith has worked in a variety of movement and dance styles and genres. As a movement and dance teacher and director/choreographer, he has taught within colleges (including Laban, Arts Educational and East 15) and worked on numerous student and professional productions. Keith has been involved in training actors and dancers for over 30 years nationally and internationally. 


 

Jenny Eastop

Jenny is the Director and Producer of Mercurius which has had Offie nominated productions at Jermyn Street Theatre, The Arts Theatre, Leicester Square Theatre and The Rose Playhouse. As a freelance director Jenny has worked for companies such as Shakespeare’s Globe, National Theatre Studio, Riverside Studios, The Park Theatre and London New Play Festival. Jenny also works in the West End and National Theatre as Associate Director to Michael Blakemore most recently on Blithe Spirit (Noel Coward), Embers (Christopher Hampton), Democracy (Michael Frayn) and Afterlife (Michael Frayn). She has taught and directed at a number of drama schools, including DSL since 2001.

 

Thacker-Kit

MANAGING DIRECTOR
Kit Thacker
After graduating in Drama and Theology at Hull University Kit spent a short time as a (very bad) musician and teacher before training as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. After 10 years as an actor, including 3 years at the National, numerous TV and film appearances and over 100 theatre productions, Kit turned to directing and writing. He has run 2 UK rep theatres, has directed more than 150 productions all over the world, had 6 of his plays performed professionally and for the last 20 years has run theatre based corporate training companies. He has been the Managing Director of DSL since 2010.


ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF 1 and 3 YEAR STUDIES
Gill Amos

Gill is a graduate of DSL and an actress and voice over artist (Louise Amos). She has over 20 years experience as a Freelance Practitioner, teacher and workshop leader and has worked in the UK, Europe, South-East Asia and the Middle East with professional actors and companies and as a practitioner/director for schools and colleges. As a director Gill has worked on numerous devised projects including Sufi’s Choice for the Mimetic Festival, community projects for London boroughs and social reform projects in South-East Asia. She also holds a BA, PGCE and an MA in Shakespeare and Theatre from the Shakespeare Institute.


Tennison Helen

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF 2 YEAR STUDIES
Helen Tennison

Helen is a theatre director working across classics, new writing, devising and physical theatre at venues such as Oxford Playhouse, The Arcola, Shakespeare's Globe, BAC, Southwark Playhouse and Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud. Her education experience includes work for The Old Vic, The Belgrade, University of South Florida and numerous drama schools. Find out more about her at www.htennison.wix.com

 


Harris Crispin flipDEPUTY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & HEAD OF ACTING
Crispin Harris

Crispin is an actor in film, TV and theatre, teaches pantomime, acting and directing. He is also the founder of the award-winner Hidden Pearl Productions company, has sung as a soloist in concerts, operas and church choirs, and has broadcast on Radio 2. His writing has won an Edinburgh Fringe Best Revue and a Northern Arts Award nomination for his musical Someday Soon. 

 


Windridge-Nicola

MARKETING & ADMISSIONS MANAGER
Nicola Windridge

Nicola began her career in the fashion industry working for an international distributor before spending two years overhauling the branding and marketing strategy for a small charity. She's been at DSL since 2011 and is experienced in website design and management, artwork design and marketing communications. Nicola's work here spans both Marketing and Admissions and as such, she is the first port of call for all applicants. In her spare time she volunteers with Contact The Elderly, plays the piano, enjoys pottery, hiking and especially skiing!  


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REGISTRAR
Charlotte Levy

After completing her degree in Art History Charlotte trained and worked in Stage Management before moving into arts administration. Initially working at the Royal Academy of Dance on their teacher training programmes Charlotte took up post of Registrar at DSL in 2016. As Registrar, she will facilitate operations and communications at DSL with a specific focus on the BA (Hons) Professional Acting course. In her spare time she enjoys reading and playing board games, the latter of which she competes in regularly and has previously won medals at the Mind Sports Olympiad. 


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ADMINISTRATOR
Angela Schofield

Angela has worked as a part-time Administrator for DSL since 2011 and is responsible for many duties in our busy office including creating and distributing schedules and timetables, maintaining and updating student records, and supporting teachers and directors with their class literature and scripts. Outside of DSL Angela keeps her finger on the pulse of the performing arts world, supporting her husband's wire effects business (Bob Schofield Wire Effects), whose work can be seen across film and TV. Angela lives in Uxbridge with her husband and two sons, enjoys gardening, skiing, travel and the odd large, glass of red!


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FINANCE MANAGER
Tamasine Martin 

Tamasine has spent most of her career in large blue-chip companies but moved to DSL in 2011 on a part time basis as finance officer/bookkeeper. She deals with student finance and pays all freelance staff and suppliers. In her spare time she is an active member of her local amateur dramatics society, enjoying being both on stage and working front of house. She enjoys gardening, loves her cat, Princess, and is a massive Bee Gees fan!  


 

STAGE MANAGER
Melissa MacDonald

Originally from Scotland, Melissa studied Technical Theatre at Edinburgh’s Telford College, progressing to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD) where she gained a BA in Technical Production Arts. Since graduating, Melissa has demonstrated she is a multi-skilled technician, working as a stage, lighting and sound technician, stage manager, production manager and pyrotechnician, across multiple areas of entertainment, from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the Royal Albert Hall.  


Levesque MattTECHNICAL MANAGER
Matt Levesque

Matt is a Canadian film and theatre technician with a special interest in Lighting Design, Cinematography and Editing. He was educated in the great white north at Red Deer College and recieved an Applied Degree in Motion Picture Arts, and a Diploma in Theatre Entertainment and Production. With DSL Matt spends most of the time locked up in a room editing, and when freed, troubleshooting any theatrical or media need. He is excited to start his career in the UK and looks forward to plenty of adventures and exploring.


King Gill

INDUSTRY LIAISON
Gillian King

Gill works as an actor, director and corporate trainer. She graduated from Drama Studio London twenty years ago and acted in TV, Commercials and Theatre, both fringe and Repertory Theatre. Her directing credits include The Royal Shakespeare Company, Opera North and Out of Joint Theatre Company as well as tours and education work for schools, prisons and currently The National Theatre.


 

Carlyle-DerekTECHNICAL CONSULTANT
Derek Carlyle

Del has worked as a technician and actor covering many roles both on and offstage including Lighting Designer, Flyman, Production Manager, Corporeal Alien and Space Teddy.

 

Acting


Harris-Crispin-flipHEAD OF ACTING
Crispin Harris

Crispin is an actor in film, TV and theatre, teaches pantomime, acting and directing. He is also the founder of the award-winner Hidden Pearl Productions company, has sung as a soloist in concerts, operas and church choirs, and has broadcast on Radio 2. His writing has won an Edinburgh Fringe Best Revue and a Northern Arts Award nomination for his musical Someday Soon. 


 

Acting Faculty

Remy Bertrand: Improvisation Teacher
Professional work includes: actor (BBC2, BBC4, Courtyard Theatre, Cockpit Theatre, Old Vic Tunnels).
Jilly Bond: Sight Reading Teacher
Professional work includes: actress (Theatre: Young Vic Theatre; Television: Judge John Deed, Doctors, My Hero, People Like Us), audio book artist (BBC Radio4, BBC World Service), director (Bristol Old Vic, Oxford Shakespeare Company).
Jenny Eastop: Character Class Teacher 
Professional work includes: theatre director (Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre).
Crispin Harris: Stagecraft and Theatre History Teacher
Professional work includes: see profile above.
Jonathan Kemp: Character Class Teacher
Professional work includes: theatre director (Wilton's Music Hall, Greenwich Theatre, Pleasance Theatre, European Arts Company).
Gillian King: Text Into Performance, Class Scenes Work and Drama Based Training Teacher
Professional work includes: see profile on the Management tab.
Illona Linthwaite: Impulse and Storytelling Teacher
Professional work includes: actress (Television: Casualty, The Bill, Dangerfield, The Crux, Men Only; Theatre: Southwark Playhouse, Young Vic, Lyric Theatre, RSC).
Brendan Murray: Sight Reading Teacher
Professional work includes: award winning playwright (Writers Guild Award Best Play For Children and Young People 2012 & 2009 & 2008; The Arts Council Award (Brian Way Award) for Best Play For Children & Young People 2001), theatre director (Crucible Theatre, The Royal Exchange).
Matthew Parker: Stagecraft Teacher
Professional work includes: artistic director of the Hope Theatre and founder of award nominated DogOrange and First Draft Theatre Companies. Director (Riverside Studios, Sheringham Little Theatre, Tristan Bates, Jack Studio Theatre, The Old Red Lion Theatre).
Chris Pickles: Auditions, Approach to Text and Classical Text Teacher. Runs Shakespeare Workshop.
Professional work includes: director (Kenneth Branagh's Renaissance Theatre Company, Royal Opera House, Sadler's Wells, Opera North, Australian Opera, The Oxford Shakespeare Company), teacher (East 15, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Mountview, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, The Royal Academy of Music, The Royal College of Music, The Arts Educational Schools, Bristol University, Drama Centre London, Rose Bruford College).
Oliver Senton: Improvisation Teacher
Professional work includes: RSC, West End, Chichester; founder member of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical and The School of Night. Teacher and workshop leader for NT, NYT, Orange Tree.
Phil Whelans: Improvisation Teacher
Professional work includes: actor (My First Planet Radio 4, Stupid BBC1, Pros from Dover in The Infinite Monkey Cage Radio4, It's Kevin BBC2, The Day the Music Died Radio2, Brasseye Channel4).
Holly Wilson: Auditions Teacher
Professional work includes: actress (The Forsyte Saga, The Bill).
Helen Tennison: Emotional Dynamics Teacher
Professional work includes: director (Arcola Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, Belgrade Theatre, Cambridge Open Air Shakespeare).

Movement

 

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HEAD OF MOVEMENT
Keith O'Brien

During a 15 year performance career, ranging from cabaret, film work and theatre work (including West End), Keith has worked in a variety of movement and dance styles and genres. He has worked as movement director/choreographer, both professionally and within colleges on numerous productions and been involved in training actors and dancers for the past 25 years. 


 

Movement Faculty 

Raniah Al-Sayed: Yoga Teacher
Professional work includes: Founder of Lucid Body.
Juliet Chambers: Laban Teacher
Professional work includes: Movement for Actors Specialist, Animal Transformation, Laban Movement Analysis, actress (BBC, Channel 4).
Philip d'Orleans: Stage Combat Teacher equity registered fight director/teacher and BASSC fight examiner
Professional work includes: fight director for screen (Universal Pictures, BBC Arts, Channel 4, White Lyon Films), and theatre (Shakespeare's Globe, English National Opera, RSC, New Vic Theatre, Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Apollo Theatre, Sadlers Wells, Theatre Royal, Reduced Shakespeare Co National Tour).
Cory English: Dance Teacher
Professional work includes: musical actor (Amos in Chicago on Broadway and the West End, Igor in Young Frankenstein on Broadway, Max Bialystock in The Producers at the West End, Barnaby in Hello Dolly on Broadway, ensemble in Guys and Dolls on Broadway, broadway boy in Gypsy on Broadway).
Emma Flett: Dance Teacher (IDB Advanced Flamenco Teacher, RAD Dance Anatomy, RAD Histroy of Dance)
Professional work includes: actress (Theatre: RSC, Chicester Festival Theatre, The Aldwych Theatre, Lyric Theatre; Television: BBC, ITV; Film: Mansfield Park; Commercials and Radio) and choreographer.
Keith O'Brien: Movement and Period Movement Teacher
Professional work includes: see profile above.
Marcin Rudy: Physical Theatre Teacher
Professional work includes: theatre director (National Theatre Studio, Wilton's Music Hall, Southwark Playhouse). 

 

Voice

 

Hughes-Dewi

HEAD OF VOICE
Dewi Hughes

Dewi has worked as Voice Coach and Accent Coach on a number of theatre productions, including international tours and shows on London's West End. Prior to his work with the Studio he has taught at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Drama Centre, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and Arts Educational Schools London. He has also been interviewed by the BBC and Time Magazine about his work with clients from the corporate field.


 

Voice Faculty 

Dewi Hughes: Voice and Speech Teacher
Professional work includes: see profile above.
Gary Jerry: Singing Teacher
Professional work includes: musical actor (CBeebies UK tour, Leicester Square Theatre).
Lesley Knight: Singing Teacher (classical concert singer and soloist in classical oratorio)
Professional work includes: member of Fascinating Aida, soloist (Oxford Playhouse), writer and presenter (Broadway Bonanza, The Magic of The Musicals).
Paul Knight: Singing Teacher
Professional work includes: actor & musician (BBC), musical director, director, vocal coach, composer and lyricist.
Marianne Samuels: Voice Teacher
Professional work includes: dialect coach (Royal Court, Pleasance Theatre, Finborough Theatre), trained dancer (ISTD, RAD ballet, jaz, tap and comtemporary) and actor.
Kara Tsiaperas: Voice Teacher.
Professional work includes: vocal coach (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Finborough Theatre).
Kay Welch: Accent Teacher
Professional work includes: accent and vocal coach (Salisbury Playhouse, The Finborough Theatre).
Tessa Wood: Voice and Speech Workshops 
Professional work includes: actor (Theatre: The Almeida Theatre, Riverside Studios, Arcola Theatre, Soho Theatre, Lyceum Theatre; Film: The Last House on Cemetary Road).

 

Media

 

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HEAD OF MEDIA
David Tucker

David's many credits as a director of television drama include A Very Peculiar Practice (BAFTA nomination), A Very Polish Practice (British Comedy Awards nomination), Behaving Badly (International Emmy nomination), Stanley & The Women (BANFF International TV Festival Best Series Award), Casualty, Lark Rise to Candleford, Burn The Clock, Eastenders, Holby City, The Last Detective, Where the Heart Is, Born and Bred, Midsomer Murders, A&E, Bramwell, Grafters and Miss Marple. He has also directed productions for the RSC, Bristol Old Vic and Liverpool Playhouse. 


Media Faculty 

Jilly Bond: Microphone Technique Teacher
Professional work includes: actress (Theatre: Young Vic Theatre; Television: Judge John Deed, Doctors, My Hero, People Like Us), audio book artist (BBC Radio4, BBC World Service), director (Bristol Old Vic, Oxford Shakespeare Company).
Dominic Brigstocke: Screen Acting Teacher
Professional work includes: director (Brotherhood, Newzoids, Horrible Histories, The Green Wing, Smack The Pony, The Armstrong & Miller Show, Kevin Bishop Show).

Karen Hayley: Screen Acting Teacher
Professional work includes: actress (The Armstrong & Miller Show, Holby City, Bo Selecta), theatre, voice over, film and commercial actress, comedy writer.
Jo Johnson: Screen Acting Teacher
Professional work includes: television producer (Casualty, Holby City, Coronation Street, Eastenders, Bad Girls, The Bill, Rainmaker, Merseybeat, Trial & Retribution, Dangerfield, Brookside).
Patrick Lau: Screen Acting Teacher
Professional work includes: director (Lark Rise to Candleford, Robin Hood, Dalziel and Pascoe, Casualty, Silent Witness, The Glass, The Scarlet Pimpernell, Soldier Soldier, The Bill).
Toby Mace: Commercials Teacher
Professional work includes: commercials actor (Philadelphia, Santander, Toyota, Marmite, Ariel, Nescafe, DSF, IKEA, Kellogs etc.).
Simon Mattacks: Microphone Technique Teacher
Professional work includes: actor and voiceover artist for commercials, corporate videos and cartoons.
Jo Monro: Microphone Technique Teacher
Professional work includes: actress (Radio: BBC World Service, Radio2, Radio4; Television: Doctors, Casualty, Emmerdale, The Bill, The Dream Team, Angels, Doctor Who).
Carl Prekopp: Microphone Technique Teacher
Professional work includes: radio actor (over 200 plays and readings for BBC Radio3, Radio4, World Service, BBC7, BBC Worldwide), television actor (Lewis, Law & Order, The Bill, Holby Blue), voice over artist.
Nick Reed: Screen Acting Teacher & Director
Professional work includes: writer (Doctors, Eastenders, Peak Practice), director (Ken Loach Directs Star Wars, Tabard Theatre, Whitebear Theatre), actor (The Bill, London Bridge).
Paul Seed: Screen Acting Teacher
Professional work includes: award winning director (BAFTA Best Director for A Rather English Marriage), director (Doc Martin, Blandings, Just William, The Booze Cruise, Northern Lights, Perfect Day).
Rupert Such: Screen Acting Teacher
Professional work includes: Director (Eastenders, Fair City, Inside Out, Doctors, Casualty, The Bill, Hollyoaks).
David Tucker: Screen Acting Teacher & Director
Professional work includes: See profile above.
Marcus D.F. White: Screen Acting Teacher & Director
Professional work includes: award winning director (BAFTA Best Director for Junk; BAFTA Best Children's Drama for Jeopardy; BAFTA nomination for Angel Eyes), director (Casualty, Emmerdale, Howard's Way, Taggart, Peak Practice, The Bill, Dream Team, Monarch of the Glen).

 

Education

 

Woolgar-MarkHEAD OF EDUCATION
Mark Woolgar

Mark has an MA in English and a Diploma in Education from Oxford University and is a qualified teacher. His work includes director and producer for the Old Vic Theatre Company, a Fellow in Drama at Southampton University, Artistic Director at Derby Playhouse and Senior Moderator for Trinity Guildhall. Mark has also worked in many leading UK Drama Schools including LAMDA, East 15, Mountview, Rose Bruford. Mark is co-author of a book called Theatre Studies and now works mainly with American University students.

 

We also have a team of specialist workshop teachers and guest lecturers.

Our team of Production Directors work professionally outside of Drama Studio London bringing with them key skills straight from the profession to our students.


The directing staff work across all genres from Shakespeare to 20 Century plays, Pantomime to Restoration. 

Here is a list of our freelance directors and a sample of their professional work.

Michael Cabot: artistic director of London Classic Theatre and freelance director (Southwark Playhouse, Arcola Theatre).
Peter Craze: director (Trafalgar Studios; Soho Theatre, Bush Theatre).
Edwina Dorman
Christian Durham
Jenny Eastop: director (Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre, Theatre Royal Haymarket, Riverside Studios, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe, National Theatre Studio).
Chris Garner: director (Old Rep Theatre Birmingham, New Vic Theatre, Royal Exchange Studio), actor (Casualty, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Mistresses, The Bill, Eastenders, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Soho Theatre, Belgrade Theatre, Hampstead Theatre), radio and voice over (Radio 3, Radio 4), founder of Stroud Theatre Company.
John Griffiths
Crispin Harris: see profile on Departments & Faculty tab.
Alan Hescott (pantomime): director (Nottinghham Playhouse), writer (Tilly & Friends, The Weird Sisters, Pirates Vampires & Aliens), actor (The Arcola Theatre, National Theatre Studio, Nottingham Playhouse).
Jonathan Kemp: director (Wilton's Music Hall, Greenwich Theatre, Pleasance Theatre, European Arts Company).
Gillian King: see profile on The Board & Senior Management tab.
Titania Krimpas: The Young Vic (writer and director), Salisbury Playhouse.
Illona Linthwaite: actress (Television: Casualty, The Bill, Dangerfield, The Crux, Men Only; Theatre: The National Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Young Vic, Lyric Theatre, RSC).
Kate McGregor: Artistic Director at Theatre6 (Chichester Festival Theatre, Old Vic Tunnels, Salisbury Playhouse, Richmond Theatre, New Wimbledon Theatre, Soho Theatre). Winner of Noel Coward Trainee Director Award at Salisbury Playhouse.
Brendan Murray: award winning playwright (Writers Guild Award Best Play For Children and Young People 2012 & 2009 & 2008; The Arts Council Award (Brian Way Award) for Best Play For Children & Young People 2001), theatre director (Crucible Theatre, The Royal Exchange).
Matthew Parkerartistic director of the Hope Theatre and founder of award nominated DogOrange and First Draft Theatre Companies. Director (Riverside Studios, Sheringham Little Theatre, Tristan Bates, Jack Studio Theatre, The Old Red Lion Theatre).
Chris Pickles: see profile on the Management tab.
Granville Saxtonactor (Royal National Theatre, BBC, death eater on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows).
Helen Schlesinger: actor (TV: Eastenders, Bad Girls, Waking the Dead, Holby City, The Bill, Casualty, Doctors, Trial and Retribution; Film: Persuasion; Theatre: Royal Court Theatre, The Old Vic Theatre, The National Theatre, RSC).
Helen Tennison: director (Arcola Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, Belgrade Theatre, Cambridge Open Air Shakespeare).
Kit Thacker: see profile on the Management tab.
David Tucker: see profile on Departments & Faculty tab.
Lesley Vickerage: actress (The Bill, Law & Order UK, Midsomer Murders, Soldier Soldier, Silent Witness, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, My Family, Holby City, Friday Night Dinner).
Robert Wolstenholme: director (Arcola Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Hen & Chickens Theatre, Courtyard Theatre, Pleasance Theatre, Almeida Theatre, Donmar Warehouse).
Holly Wilson: actress (The Forsyte Saga, The Bill).
David Wylde: directed over 250 projects. 

Director Helen Tennison tells us how she came to work at DSL

 

 

 

 

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Andrew Candish

1YR Professional Acting 2015

My time at DSL prepared me for all areas of the acting profession. I really appreciate how rigorous the training is while enabling us to find our own approach. Not only have I graduated with a superb acting 'toolbox' for working in everything from stage, screen, audio, corporate and commercials, I also have a great understanding of how to approach the industry and find work. On top of all this I have made friends for life and had the best of times. 

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